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Beyond the mirrored horizon: modern ontology and amodern possibilities in the Anthropocene


Davison, A, Beyond the mirrored horizon: modern ontology and amodern possibilities in the Anthropocene, Geographical Research, 53, (3) pp. 298-305. ISSN 1745-5863 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1745-5871.12123


Early talk of the Anthropocene has been prompted by material evidence of the incoherence of ontological divisions between humanity and the rest of Earth. Yet, ironically, it has also been dominated by modern narratives about human distinction, autonomy and dominion. Along with recrimination about the death of nature, the modern Anthropocene carries hope of human redemption through natural evolution or technological progress. The resulting narratives of enlightened planetary stewardship reduce earthly multitudes to a common denominator, shoring up the mirrored horizons within which modern human agents encounter only themselves. In response, I explore amodern possibilities for action in an Anthropocene beyond modern referents of nature and culture. These possibilities open up choices within planetary dynamics that are inherently human but not reducible to human agency. This is a politics of sustenance attuned to difference and relation and directed to the multitude of human-other-than-human collectives, to specific shared projects of existence, in which human interests are composed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:anthropocene, modernity, ontology, planetary stewardship
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Understanding climate change
Objective Field:Understanding climate change not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)
ID Code:100605
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2015-05-21
Last Modified:2017-11-14

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